Someone once, “If you miss Heaven, you’ve missed it all.” Our number one priority in this life must be to go to Heaven. Jesus says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
We can have a big house, fine car and money in the bank, but there is nothing that equals the value of our soul. It is the most precious thing we have. We read in Matthew 16:26, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” The answer is very easy. Nothing we have is as valuable as the soul. And whatever we have we would gladly give up to avoid losing our soul when we realize it’s value.
In today’s materialistic society, it is easy to get caught up in the pursuit of materialism, if we are not careful. Yet, Jesus says in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Our 401K needs to be in heaven.
In Colossians 3:2, the apostle Paul, by direction of the Holy Spirit, wrote, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” Every day we need to tell ourselves that the main thing in this life is to go to Heaven.
Heaven is not just a pipe dream. It is a prepared place for a prepared people (John 14:2-3). It will be such a wonderful place, which is beyond our wildest dreams. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND WHICH HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” There is no way that Heaven can be described so we as mortal human beings can understand how wonderful it will be.
Nobody has ever gone to Heaven accidentally. It is a lifelong race. The Hebrew writer tells us in Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” Going to Heaven requires endurance, patience, and persistence. We must finish the race.
Have you dropped out of the race? If so, you need to repent of your sins and ask God for forgiveness. Have you ever been in the Race? No? Then you need to repent of your sins and be baptized so that your sins may be forgiven (Acts 2:38, 22:16).
Many in the religious world today say that infants are born sinners and must be baptized so that they may be saved. Those same people will tell us we inherit sin from our ancestors all the way back to Adam. Yet, God says in Ezekiel 18:20, “The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity…” God tells us that children do not inherit sin from their parents, grandparents, or any of their forefathers, all the way back to Adam. God says, “The son will not bear the punishment for the Father.” Each person is responsible for his own sins.
So, what is sin? I John 3:4 says, “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.” We do not inherit sin. It is something we do. And we commit sin when we commit lawlessness. An infant has not broken any law of God and thus has not committed any sin. How is sin committed? In James 1:14-15 we read, “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.” A baby cannot be drawn away and enticed into lustful sin.
One error leads to another. Men say since infants have inherited the sin of Adam, they must be baptized or they will be lost. Not only are infants not lost but they are not suitable candidates for baptism, since they cannot believe. Jesus says in Mark 16:16, “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved…” Here He shows one of the prerequisites of being saved is to believe, which is impossible for an infant to do. Also, one of the prerequisites of being baptized is one must repent. The apostle Peter told a group of people to “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…” (Acts 2:38). Can an infant repent? It would be absurd to think an infant could believe or repent, but it is just as absurd to think an innocent infant, who is without sin, must be baptized for the forgiveness of sins, which he does not have.
Parents who have their infants “christened” are being deceived by the false doctrines of men. Satan has many ways through his lies in fooling people into being lost. When a person who was baptized as an infant becomes accountable, he doesn’t think he needs to be baptized again so he can be saved. Satan knows infant baptism accomplishes nothing. Satan knows when people who were baptized as an infant become accountable, at that time they begin to sin and will be eternally lost in the burning fires of Hell if they don’t obey the Lord. When a person becomes accountable he must “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38), not before. If a person misses Heaven by believing the lies of Satan, he will only have himself to blame.